If this is your first holiday season since your divorce, you and your co-parent will likely need to do some extra planning to help things go as smoothly as possible as you each make plans to spend time with your kids. Extra patience is also a requirement. Things aren't going to go perfectly, and there may be some misunderstandings and miscommunication.
When you marry a person with children, the kids often become very much your own — particularly if their other parent is no longer a part of their lives. However, being a stepparent is not a legal role. You have no legal rights or responsibilities regarding those children.
If you're a divorcing or divorced parent who has struggled with alcohol, you may believe that your chances of being granted shared child custody or even unsupervised visitation are slim to none. That's not necessarily true. Whether you and your co-parent are determining custody as you divorce or you're considering seeking a modification of the child custody order months or years later, it's important to know how your history with alcohol will impact your case.
When determining a custody arrangement, most divorcing parents try to keep siblings together. Brothers and sisters can be each other's most crucial sources of support during this stressful, confusing time. Kids may move back and forth between parents' homes together. One parent may have primary physical custody of them, while the other parent has regular visitations.
Most couples don't make the decision easily to end their marriage. In fact, people often stay in a marriage long after it's stopped being a healthy, happy relationship. All couples have problems. However, which ones are signs that you shouldn't ignore?
Divorcing parents are always concerned about the impact of their break-up on their children. One area where kids' issues with parental divorce often become apparent is in school. With the new school year underway and many kids going back to school for the first time since their parents split, it seems like a good time to look at ways that parents can keep their kids' academic performance from slipping.